When they first aired I watched Survivor, Big Brother, and Real World. On a boring day, I watched a marathon of America's Next Top Model. I like the first few and last few episodes of American Idol. Of course, I wouldn't miss an episode of The Biggest Loser. But there are some reality shows I would never watch and ended up doing so involuntarily. The producers (?) pick some of the strangest, ignorant, or controversial people for the shock factor and all it does is make me turn the channel.
On the matchmaking shows (Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, I Love New York, For the Love of Ray) the stereotypes are magnified to the 100th power. Not to mention the horrors of The Bachelor(ette), Momma's Boys, or elimiDATE. How can anyone choose to be in a long term relationship based on a few televised dates? Especially when you know they aren't being true to themselves.
The thought of watching rich people live their lives as in Britney & Kevin: Chaotic, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, Denise Richards: It's Complicated, Hogan Knows Best,etc. is frightening. Okay, sometimes you get curious. What do these people do all day when I'm working the 9 to 5? The answer can be summed up in a one hour special not a series.
I'll be honest. I have caught an episode of some of the shows I listed above (Not all mind you. So if you defend them keep in mind that I may not have really 'understood' the show because I haven't seen it.) But there are some I won't even attempt to watch. Wife Swap and Baby Borrowers are two. Words simply can't describe my thoughts.
Here's a link to American Reality Shows, some of which I really enjoy. More about that another time.